People, places and things: Nature and origins of infants' intuitive physics and intuitive psychology.
Shari Liu, Ph.D. Student, Harvard University
Abstract: From an early age, we understand the social world by representing minds with physical bodies, acting in physical situations. In this talk, I will introduce a research program investigating how these two fundamental domains of knowledge--intuitive psychology and intuitive physics--are organized in the first year of life. The proposed work leverages quantitative, longitudinal, and training studies to investigate the hypothesis that for human infants, understanding people and their actions depends closely on knowledge of solidity, support, and other aspects of intuitive physics. The findings from these studies bear on open questions in cognitive science concerning the organization, nature, and origins of human knowledge, as well as the replicability and robustness of foundational research in developmental psychology.